By ThinkNaturalToday Bureau
March 20, 2015: India is a land of Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy. According to the Ministry of AYUSH, India has 7,835 licensed manufacturers of Ayurvedic medicines and 1,209 manufacturers of Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathic medicines, as on April 1, 2014.
As some medicinal plants are endangered, its short supply is affecting the industry, leading difficulties to the practitioners to procure these medicinal plant materials. Some of these medicinal plant materials are Katuki (Picrorrhiza Kurroa), Guggul (Commiphora wightii), Kuth (Saussurea lappa), Jatamansi (Nardostachys Jatamansi), etc.
As a solution to this problem, Government of India has established the National Medicinal Plants Board under the Ministry of AYUSH to support the development of medicinal plants sector, helping to conserve and cultivate medicinal plants, and help process and store the medicinal and aromatic plants. It also helps to promote herbal raw materials.
The National Medicinal Plants Board has launched a Central Sector Scheme to support development, conservation and sustainable management of medicinal plants. It has also started a Centrally Sponsored Scheme of National Mission on Medicinal Plants, which has been merged with the National AYUSH Mission.
Through these schemes, grant-in-aid is given to support for survey, inventorization, in-situ conservation and ex-situ conservation of medicinal plants, development of herbal gardens, linkage with Joint Forest Management Committees, research and development etc.
Government of India has also set up Research Councils of Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani and Homoeopathy. It has 80 research centres across the country and an extramural research scheme, which supports project-based research activities.
A public sector undertaking called Indian Medicines Pharmaceutical Corporation Limited has been set up to manufacture Ayurvedic and Unani medicines. The Centrally Sponsored Scheme of Drugs Quality Control supports 46 state pharmacies.
Source: Ministry of AYUSH
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